The Pulse: Mt. Fuji Made of Rice, Pope's Plea for Peace, Airplane Crash Update

The Pulse: Mt. Fuji Made of Rice, Pope's Plea for Peace, Airplane Crash Update

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A village in Northeastern Japan used rice plants to create an image commemorating Mount Fuji's registration as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site last year. This image shows a scene from a legend about Mount Fuji and a heavenly maiden. Ten kinds of rice plants of various colors were used to depict the maiden wearing a feathery robe while floating over Mount Fuji and a pine forest. The rice field art is to remain on display through mid-august.

A major shipping company faces a criminal indictment. Documents filed in federal court accuse Fed-Ex of enabling criminal activity. The indictment accuses Fed-Ex of shipping prescription drugs from illegal online pharmacies to addicts and to drug dealers. A spokesman for the company says Fed-Ex is innocent of any wrongdoing.

Southern China is feeling the force of typhoon Rammasun. The storm is hammering that region -- after leaving 38 dead in the Philippines. The China Meteorological Administration has characterized it as a super typhoon - packing winds over 100 miles-an-hour. It made landfall in Southern China earlier Friday and is on track to continue its trek northwest.

The Vatican says Pope Francis called Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to express concern over the escalating conflict on the Israeli-Gaza border. The calls came after the Israeli military launched a ground operation into Gaza late yesterday. The invasion follows more than a week of aerial strikes that Israel says targeted Hamas militants who have been firing rockets at Israel.

President Obama says all evidence indicates the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was caused by a surface-to-air missile launched in an area of Ukraine controlled by Russian separatists. Since the crash - Russia and Ukraine have engaged in a back and forth of accusations. Today - word of an American who is among the dead. For more click the video on this page.

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